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FILE - This Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, provided by the Nassau County Police Department in Mineola, N.Y., shows Jelani Maraj, who was sentenced on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 to 25 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl at his Long Island home. A judge convicted Maraj of predatory sexual assault and child endangerment in November 2017. (Nassau County Police Department via AP, File)

Nicki Minaj's brother sentenced to 25 years to life

Jan. 27, 2020 6:11 PM EST

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — The brother of rapper Nicki Minaj was sentenced Monday to 25 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl at his Long Island home. A judge convicted Jelani Maraj of predatory sexual assault and child endangerment in November 2017. The victim testified during the...

Billie Eilish poses in the press room with the awards for best album and best pop vocal album for

Billie Eilish, a voice of the youth, tops the Grammy Awards

Jan. 27, 2020 5:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer Billie Eilish, who gave voice to young people struggling with depression on a do-it-yourself album she made at home with her older brother, is atop the music world. The 18-year-old made history at the Grammy Awards Sunday. Not only did she become the youngest person to win one of...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 2-8

Jan. 27, 2020 1:10 PM EST

Feb. 2: Comedian Tom Smothers is 83. Singer Graham Nash is 78. Actor Bo Hopkins is 76. Singer Howard Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) is 74. TV chef Ina Garten is 72. Actor Jack McGee is 71. Actor Brent Spiner is 71. Bassist Ross Valory of Journey is 71. Model Christie Brinkley i s 66. Actor Michael Talbott is 65....

Alicia Keys performs at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Lil Nas X, Alicia Keys added key moments at the Grammys

Jan. 27, 2020 7:37 AM EST

What was already a chaotic week leading up to the Grammys suddenly took a somber turn with the death of NBA star Kobe Bryant, who was beloved in Los Angeles and especially in the Staples Center, where the awards show took place Sunday. The telecast turned into a tribute to LA's lost heroes, including Bryant and...

YG, from left, John Legend, Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled and Meek Mill point to a screen showing Nipsey Hussle and Kobe Bryant during a tribute at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Music stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant at Grammys award show

Jan. 27, 2020 3:08 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the red carpet to the main stage, sadness loomed over music’s biggest night Sunday at the arena in downtown Los Angeles where Kobe Bryant played for 20 years for the city's NBA team. Bryant's death in a helicopter crash earlier in the day was acknowledged in the opening...

Billie Eilish, left, and Finneas O'Connell pose in the press room with the awards for best album, best engineered album and best pop vocal album for

Family affair: Billie Eilish, Finneas win big at Grammys

Jan. 27, 2020 1:49 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The edgy, avant-pop album that siblings Billie Eilish and Finneas created in a small bedroom made a big splash at the 2020 Grammy Awards, winning 11 honors for the musical family. “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — created in the musicians’ Los...

Billie Eilish accepts the award for record of the year for

The Latest: Billie Eilish wins 5 in dominant Grammys

Jan. 27, 2020 12:06 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the Grammy Awards, being presented Sunday at Los Angeles' Staples Center (all times local): 8:38: p.m. Billie Eilish has won album of the year and record of the year to cap a dominant night of five victories at the Grammy Awards. The 18-year-old Eilish won album of the...

DJ Khaled poses in the press room with the award for best rap/sung performance for

Music mainstays and newcomers speak out on Grammy inclusion

Jan. 27, 2020 12:02 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Drama over fairness and inclusion at the Grammy Awards carried over to music's big night Sunday as newcomers and mainstays in the industry supported Sean “Diddy” Combs and his powerful speech putting the Recording Academy on a clock to fix the nomination process when it comes...

Tyler, the Creator performs at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

List of Grammy Award winners

Jan. 26, 2020 11:45 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A list of winners so far in top categories at the 61th annual Grammy Awards. Record of the year: “Bad Guy,” Billie Eilish Album of the year: “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” Billie Eilish Best new artist: Billie Eilish Best rap/sung performance:...

Kirk Franklin, left, and DJ Khaled perform during a tribute in honor of the late Nipsey Hussle at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Grammys honor Nipsey Hussle with a soaring performance

Jan. 26, 2020 11:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — John Legend, Meek Mill, DJ Khaled and a host of musicians paid tribute to Nipsey Hussle at the Grammy Awards, filling the vast stage with a soaring performance of his music. The tribute kicked off with Mill performing a new song called “Letter to Nipsey,” which mentioned a...